Mechanics of blood circulation

Educational objectives

Blood primarily consists of red blood cells in suspension in plasma, a Newtonian fluid. The distribution of red blood cells within a given vessel, or from one vessel to another, is far from homogeneous, and the way they split at the vessels junctions is a very complex issue.


This lab-course enables the participant to observe and understand the mechanisms driving the behaviour of red blood cells, in particular their distribution in the complex network of capillaries, through microfluidic experimentations and dedicated set ups.


This lab-course is suited to students from the L3 level with a background in fluid mechanics.

Module 1: blood viscosity

Measure blood viscosity in a confined microfluidic channel serving as a micro viscosimeter

4 hrs lab course

Teachers: Gwennou Coupier and Thomas Podgorski

Module 2: haematocrit

Study the evolution of blood cells concentrations in a model circulatory network 

4 hrs lab course

Teachers: Gwennou Coupier and Thomas Podgorski


Gwennou Coupier


Thomas Podgorski



This lab-course is hosted in the premises of the laboratory LIPhy located at 140 rue de la physique on the campus